Category Archives: Youth at Risk

Wednesday’s Children and the Law Blog

Scholar Finds Flaws in Work by Archenemy of Comics, The New York Times Wertham, a German-born American psychiatrist, stirred a national furor and helped create a blueprint for contemporary cultural panics in 1954 with the publication of his book“Seduction of the Innocent,” which attacked comic books for corrupting the minds of young readers. While the findings […]

Monday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

From prison to juvenile justice lawyer, San Francisco Chronicle Francis Guzman, who was sentenced to 15 years at age 15, has become an advocate for juvenile justice. “Kids don’t make smart decisions,” Guzman said. “But ultimately, you are not the worst thing you have done. The weakest thing I did made me the strongest person […]

Wednesday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

Burmese Army and Armed Groups Still Recruiting Children, The Huffington Post On January 11, Burma’s Mergui Islands were featured as one of the “The 46 Places to Go in 2013” in The New York Times. A few days later, three civilians were killed after the Burmese army indiscriminately shelled the town of Laiza as part of an offensive […]

Tuesday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

Indian Supreme Court to review blanket protection for juveniles, Mail Online India The Supreme Court has decided to look into the Constitutional validity of the juvenile justice law which provides blanket protection to all offenders up to the age of 18 irrespective of their mental maturity level. In the petition before the court, the lawyers […]

Thursday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

Boy Kills Neo-Nazi Dad: Protecting Family or Premeditated Murder?, LA Times The fate of a 12-year-old boy charged with killing his neo-Nazi father now rests in the hands of a Riverside County Superior Court judge who must decide whether the youngster knew what he did was wrong, and what should be done with him. The […]

Wednesday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

Reporting on the Plight of Troubled Children, Chicago Tribune The newspaper learned the state’s main emergency youth shelter in Chicago’sBronzeville neighborhood was overcrowded . . . Police reports, state data, and more than two dozen interviews showed that a lack of available foster homes and other options for hard-to-place children meant some were staying there much longer […]

It’s Easier to Change a Condom Than A Diaper

The principal at Pittsfield High School has been receiving complaints about a Girls Inc. program, which is an instructional program teaching young girls about the risks associated with sex. Apparently, the instructors have handed out a flier, which had 32 phrases described as “Condom Sayings,” including “Practice safe sex – make love with a Trojan,” […]

Texas Education and Testing

At an administration gathering in Austin, Texas, Michael Williams, Texas Education Commissioner announced that he would defer a rule requiring state end-of-course-exams to count for 15 percent of high school students grades. Williams explained that improving the academic performance of Hispanic and African-American students has become a priority in his time leading the agency. His […]

Washington Judicial Colloquies Project – Using Language that Children Can Understand in Juvenile Court

Last year, I attended the National Juvenile Defender Summit in Seattle, Washington.  At the Summit, I attended TeamChild’s presentation about one of their current projects.  TeamChild was working on developing youth friendly colloquies for juvenile courts in two Washington Counties. The presentation inspired me. I had never before thought about the fact that though juvenile […]

Tuesday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

The Shocking Details of a Mississippi School-to-Prison Pipeline, Colorlines A bracing Department of Justice lawsuit filed last month against Meridian, Miss., . . . argues that the city’s juvenile justice system has operated a school to prison pipeline that shoves students out of school and into the criminal justice system, and violates young people’s due […]

Sunday’s Children & the Law News Roundup

Timberlake: For a new judge, different outlook on juvenile court, Southtown Star, Illinois Fortunately, that lack of options has changed. The counties in my circuit were one of the four pilot areas for a new state program, Redeploy Illinois, in exchange for our promise to send 25 percent fewer young people to the prison system. […]